Men's Basketball Hosts Washington, WSU
Feb. 19, 2001
Cal continues with its three-game homestand when the Bears host Washington and Washington State this weekend in Haas Pavilion. In late January, Cal swept the schools on the road, pulling out a 75-71 overtime victory at WSU Jan. 25 and a 79-64 win over the Huskies two days later.
At 17-7 overall and 8-4 in the Pac-10, the Bears hold fourth place in the league standings and can reach 10 conference wins this week for the first time since 1997, when Cal finished 12-6. If the Bears accomplish the feat, they would also clinch at least fifth place in the league standings for the fourth time in Ben Braun's five seasons in Berkeley.
Even with last Saturday's loss to current No. 1 Stanford, the Bears have won 16 of their last 20 games, including six of their past eight. Cal has also moved up in a pair of computer rankings to No. 19 in the Sagarin ratings and to No. 21 in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).
Individually, senior forward Sean Lampley continues to make a strong push for Pac-10 Player of the Year honors. The only player in the league to be named Player of the Week twice (Jan. 29, Feb. 12), he paces the conference in scoring with 19.3 ppg overall and 20.9 ppg in Pac-10 games.
Two weeks ago, Lampley set a career high with 32 points at Oregon State, including a game-winning three-pointer with less than a second left in overtime. In Cal's first match-up with the Washington schools, he had 27 points and 12 rebounds at WSU and 21 points and 11 boards at Washington.
With 1,635 points, Lampley needs just 54 more to pass Lamond Murray (1,688 from 1992-94) to become the school's all-time leading scorer.
Also on the inside, sophomore center Nick Vander Laan is coming off two of his better games of the year. He had seven points and 10 rebounds in a Feb. 10 win at Oregon, then finished with 12 points and six rebounds against Stanford last weekend.